Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 2.
|Team||Week 2||Result||Week 3|
|Charlotte||at App State||L, 35-20||at UNC|
|FAU||— OFF —||—||at G. Southern|
|FIU||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|LA Tech||at Baylor||Canceled||at Southern Miss|
|Marshall||— OFF —||—||vs App State|
|MTSU||— OFF —||—||vs Troy|
|North Texas||— OFF —||—||vs SMU|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|Southern Miss||— OFF —||—||vs LA Tech|
|UAB||at Miami||L, 31-14||— OFF —|
|UTEP||at Texas||L, 59-3||vs ACU|
|UTSA||at Texas St||W, 51-48 OT||vs SFA|
|WKU||at Louisville||L, 35-21||vs Liberty|
Notable Week 2 results – Standings
Jay Hopson out at Southern Miss
Southern Miss didn’t have a game this week, but the program still lost, this time their head coach. Hopson leaves after being upset by South Alabama in the Golden Eagles’ season opener. We talked with Jamie Arrington and Jason Bailey of To The Top Talk Podcast on The Roost Podcast this week to get an insider’s perspective on what happened in Hattiesburg and what Southern Miss fans think of the news.
Miami finally gets a win over C-USA
After taking successive losses to FIU and Louisiana Tech, Miami prevailed against C-USA’s UAB to kick off Week 2 of college football. UAB couldn’t stem the Canes on the ground (337 yards, 3 touchdowns) and stubbed their toe with 11 penalties. The Blazers have now played a clearly inferior opponent and one a step above them and yet to play their best game but still should be a formidable C-USA contender.
Off with a bang
New UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor was dealt a rough hand when he inherited a program at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges he and his staff faced, the Roadrunners pulled out an overtime victory against an upstart Texas State team.
Week 3 storylines
Willie Taggart’s first game as the head coach at FAU is this week. The Owls should be slight favorites when they visit Georgia Southern in Week 3. How FAU responds to a new quarterback could prove to be the difference-maker in a season with high expectations despite the offseason turnover in personnel and on the coaching staff.
Conference play is here
Weeks before Rice and FIU are scheduled to begin their 2020 season, the first C-USA conference game is on the docket. The interim coached-Southern Miss hosts Louisiana Tech in a game that could prove pivotal for the C-USA West Division race.
When we previewed UTEP on The Roost Podcast this summer, we talked about the real possibility of a winless season. With a win over SFA already under their belt, the Miners could surpass their entire 2019 win total by beating Abilene Christian next weekend. That’s kind of a big deal, especially in the midst of this uncertain season.